- Paperback: 864 pages
- Publisher: Sequoia Pub; 4th edition (August 31, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1885071620
- ISBN-13: 978-1885071620
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 3.2 x 5.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (877 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How about the request that anyone who finds an inaccuracy or misprint contact the publisher, with an address for that right next to the "this book is lost, return it to:" page?
Everything from Algebra to Zinc sheeting gauge tables is in this book, which fits in the space from the pad on the base of my thumb to the end of my little finger in length and the width of my hand when closed. Its about as thick as the end joint on my index finger, and it's packed with stuff you'll need at some time or other.
Need to identify a fastener or bolt? Done. Want to know how much dirt is in that pile over there (or conversely, how much of your driveway will be lost to x cubic yards of dirt)? Done. Log tables (remember them)? Done. Want to learn to tie a bowline and a sheepshank? Done. Need the melting point of lead? done. Need to know exactly how many "6 inch wide" boards you'll need for your deck that you sized in real inches? Done.
Time zones? Done. Area codes? Done. Military ranks so you don't look like an arse when you meet a person on active service? Done. Need to know what day your wife's birthday will fall on every year from now 'til next muckspreading? Done.
Take the stuff you used to get in the ends of diaries when we were kids. Add all the stuff you find in the appendices of Big-ass Dictionaries. Add in the actually useful stuff from the old OU Science Data Book. Now pack it all in a pocket-sized book.
This will bring out the inner eight year old in everyone and is about as useful as a Swiss Army Knife welded to a Leatherman Wave.
And it is all organized into sensible sections. If you need something mathy, you'll find it in a "math" section.Read more ›
Let's say you are riding in Colorado, and want to know how much to re-jet. You simply go to the chapter on air & gases (p. 13) and learn that air pressure @ 10,000 ft is approx. 70% of mean standard air pressure.
Lose your owner's manual? In Chapter 2 (p. 25) you can find a torque level to safely reinstall 12mm spark plugs in an aluminum head (18-22 ft-lbs.) Settle that tavern bet over the codes on your tire sidewalls (p. 31)
Wondering how thick the wire should be to run your new electric vest? Look in Chapter 6.
What do you suppose the weather is like in Maine in September? Will you need warm weather gear? (p. 162)
This book has everything. Wind Chill tables, Heat Index data, an entire chapter that cross-references SAE, Metric and even Whitworth hardware. Listings of those formulas you've forgotten from High School.
Several Chapters apply to the off-season mechanic or machinist. Drill sizing; counter-sinking; metal properties & hardness; welding data and taps and dies. Granted there are more complete machining books, but if you are at the store and are blanking on a spec, the Pocket Ref may save you a return trip.
Oh sure, you can get most of this information off of the internet. But out in Hooterville at O-dark-thirty, you may be able to find your answer before your alpha-geek friend has even accessed the 'net.
Author Thomas Glover has compiled tons of data onto 544 pages into this little, 5 1/4" X 3 1/4" book. Tankbag?!? Hell - this thing fits into your jacket!Read more ›
Amazing and fun, especially if you're techno, mechanical, or scientific.
You might actually use it. Either way, it's hard to put down. A fun gift for the right person, including possibly yourself.
Keep it in the guest bathroom.
This 4th Edition is expanded (by 12%), updated, and better indexed. But it's still 3.2" x 5.4" x 0.9"
Reviews of the previous Pocket Ref - 3rd Edition are the highest I've seen for anything on amazon. (You can also "Look Inside" the 3rd edition on amazon.Read more ›
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Invaluable tool for all trades. There's a little bit of everything in here. Pretty much any construction equation you could ever need and way more.Published 3 days ago by Ben
very fun book. could create your own family game with it. We sat around for a couple of hours reading it to each other and quizzing each other about facts. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Todd Hakes
There is no reason for you to put a price sticker on this book. It is actually impossible to remove the sticker without damaging the book.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
If you don't have a copy (or 5) of this book around the house, you don't know what you're missing. It has just about everything. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Derek Lansing